Keeping Excessive Sweating at Bay

March 1, 2018

Excessive Sweating and Sleep

Excessive sweating is addressed in this article and we couldn’t have put it better. We pulled this straight out of Costco’s “The Wellness Connection” – A Healthy Living Magazine for Costco Members.

Excessive Sweating – Hyperhidrosis

Why do people get hyperhidrosis and how does it affect them?

People may sweat too much without any particular reason. It may also happen because of certain medical conditions (e.g., infection, diabetes, medications) or even hot flashes in menopausal women. It can involve the underarms, palms, feet, and face. Your doctor or pharmacist may be able to help you figure out what is causing your excess sweating.

Sweating is normal, excessive sweating is not.

 

Sweating more than normal, whatever the cause, can get in the way of daily activities and may also be embarrassing. Those who suffer from hyperhidrosis may keep to themselves, and spend a lot of time dealing with their sweat by frequent showering and changing their clothes.

While it is difficult to tell what a normal amount of sweat is, if you find yourself experiencing the following situations, you may be suffering from hyperhidrosis:

  • Sweating more than normal at least once a week for no apparent reason.
  • Excessive sweating is interfering with your daily activities, including your job and social life.

 

What can I do if I have hyperhidrosis?

People often do not recognize excessive sweating as a condition that can be treated. In fact, more than half of people who have hyperhidrosis don’t seek advice on their condition from a healthcare professional. They good news is that treatment options are available that can help control excessive sweating. Your doctor or pharmacist can provide advice on the following treatments:

LIFESTYLE CHANGES: Bathe regularly with soap and water and wear light fabrics (e.g., cotton) that are breathable and won’t trap sweat. Wear socks and shoes made of natural materials. Rotate shoes regularly, change socks often and air your feet as much as possible. Consider the use of underarm liners or shoe inserts to absorb sweat. Limit spicy foods, alcohol and hot drinks (e.g., tea and coffee) since they can trigger sweating.

MEDICATIONS: Non-prescription (over-the-counter) antiperspirants are often recommended first. Antiperspirants have ingredients to help stop sweat, whereas deodorants mainly help with odour. Higher-strength antiperspirants (e.g., Drysol) can be tried next if sweating is still an issue.

PHYSICAL OR SURGICAL TREATMENTS: Through a process called iontophoresis, reduction of sweat may be achieved by the delivery of low-level electric current to the hands and feet. Although it’s a generally safe procedure, it’s not recommended for pregnant women or those with a pacemaker. Surgical options are also available but are usually reserved for people who have failed the options above.

antiperspirants for excessive sweating

If excessive sweating is getting in the way of your day-to-day activities, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. They can help you find answers and get you back to the life you want.

Our hats off to Costco for a well-researched article.

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